Walton, Steyn take Tallawahs to final
Chadwick Walton slammed 97 as Jamaica Tallawahs beat Barbados Tridents by 36 runs in a rain-affected fixture in Kingston and qualified for the final of CPL 2016.
The bulk of the scoring in Tallawahs' 195 for 5, in a match that had been reduced to 18-overs-a-side after rains lashed Kingston for over an hour, was done during the course of a second-wicket stand of 127 between Walton and Kumar Sangakkara, who made a 31-ball 50.
Tridents slipped to 55 for 4 in the eighth over, before Nicholas Pooran mounted a spirited fightback by bringing up the fastest half-century this season, off 23 balls. But as the asking rate creeped up to over 15 runs an over less than halfway into the chase, Tridents were left with no option but to go for broke. They were bowled out for 159 in the final over.
"Winning the toss was a good decision, but we didn't bowl well, and so we deserve to be on the losing side," Kieron Pollard, the Tridents captain, said after the match. "You can't bowl contrary to what your plans are and still end up winning. We have had a few guys injured, but we can't use that as an excuse. Guys who get an opportunity should show why they deserve to be in the XI. We can't slip up going into the business end. Hopefully this is another learning experience for us and we'll look to fight another day."
Tridents had an early boost as Ravi Rampaul removed Chris Gayle in the third over after they had opted to field. For the next hour, they came under Walton's wheel. The opener, who topped 20 just once this season, struck nine fours and five sixes over the course of his 54-ball knock, before being caught at long-on in an attempt to clear the ropes and bring up his maiden T20 century.
Andre Russell, promoted to No. 4, was out first ball to David Wiese, but Rovman Powell lent the finishing touches with one four and four sixes in his unbeaten 14-ball 34 as Tallawahs smashed 44 off the last three overs.
Tridents came out swinging and lost their openers - Shai Hope and Ahmed Shehzad - inside the fifth over as Dale Steyn and Andre Russell got among the wickets. Timroy Allen, the pacer, then struck twin blows, including that of Shoaib Malik, to leave Tridents in tatters at 55 for 4.
Pooran and Pollard kept the innings ticking along, before the pressure of bringing out the big shot resulted in Pollard falling into the short-ball trap set by Steyn. Two balls later, Steyn had his 200th T20 wicket when fellow South African David Wiese chipped one to Gayle at midwicket to leave Tridents at 90 for 6.
Pooran then muscled his way to six meaty sixes before his run-out deflated Tridents' charge. Steyn finished with 4 for 27 as the visitors slipped to their third loss in seven matches.
Jamaica Tallawahs 195 for 5 (Walton 97, Sangakkara 50, Rampaul 2-35) beat Barbados Tridents 159 (Pooran 51, Steyn 4-27) by 36 runs